President Bush to meet with LDS Church leaders in Utah
Saturday, May 24, 2008
United States George W. Bush is set to meet with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints next week in Utah. President Bush's primary purpose in visiting Utah is to raise money for Republican presidential candidate John McCain's general election campaign. The and have reported that the meeting is scheduled for May 29.
According to spokesmen for the church, also called the Mormon Church or LDS Church, President Bush will meet with the three-memberwhich includes the new president . Monson became the 16th president of the Mormon Church in early February after the death of the previous president, .
This is President Bush's first visit with the new First Presidency leadership since the death of former president Hinckley. Bush last met with the three Mormon Church leaders when he was in Utah for a speech at theconvention in August 2006.
According to Deseret News President Bush will attend a Mitt Romney, and may potentially stay overnight at Romney's vacation home. Money from the reception will go into a joint fund-raising account called McCain Victory 2008.70,100-a-couple fundraiser and reception at the home of
"Romney had a very powerful fundraising operation with a lot of donations coming out of this area, and of course now he can leverage that to help McCain," saidprofessor Quin Monson in a statement in The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that statements from McCain's campaign show he raised $502,650 from Utah donors through the end of April. Romney had raised $5.5 million before dropping out of the Republican primary for the presidential nomination and subsequently endorsed McCain. Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts, and headed the in Utah.
- Lisa Riley Roche. "Leaders of LDS Church will meet with Bush" — , May 22, 2008
- Associated Press. "LDS Leaders & President Bush to Meet Next Week" — , May 21, 2008
- Robert Gehrke. "President will meet with LDS leaders next week: The trip's main purpose is raising cash for GOP" — , May 21, 2008